Coworking Spaces: Finding An Office That Works For You

From, Pg. 12 of The Digest

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The Craft of Auto Care With The Wash and Detail Co.



Tucked into the parking garage of The Alexander in Edgewater, NJ, is a nondescript garage. There is no sign announcing the business hidden here, except for small, clean lettering on the concrete wall inside: The Wash and Detail Co. On any given day, you may see a BMW or a Jeep parked beside the bay door, but there is only ever one car at a time inside being detailed. Continue reading “The Craft of Auto Care With The Wash and Detail Co.”

Wellness Wednesdays To Boost Your Health In Hoboken


Personal health and wellness sometimes get overlooked in our hectic, day-to-day lives. We don’t always have the time to learn new meditation techniques, or to learn new ways to improve our moods. Add to that the cost of a traditional wellness class, and it becomes easy to see the benefits of having Wellness Wednesdays — for free — at the Hoboken Public Library.

Wellness Wednesdays are new for 2017, and will offer monthly classes designed to introduce people to a spectrum of wellness topics. Some of these topics will include meditation, led by Devotion Yoga-founder Liza Bertini; how to prepare your body for pregnancy, led by Dr. Dina Sgambati; and how to improve your nutrition, led by Kayla Kirschner, RD.

All Wellness Wednesdays classes will be held at the Hoboken Public Library at 500 Park Ave., and will run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The new program is organized by Hoboken resident Lauren Zucker, who is a member of the Hoboken City Council-created Green Team. The Green Team is an environmental task force of sorts, given to helping Hoboken stay Sustainable Jersey-certified. To meet the requirements of the certification, Hoboken must stay current in several categories listed by the nonprofit organization Sustainable Jersey, and to this end Zucker decided to organize Wellness Wednesdays.

“I browsed through Sustainable Jersey’s website and they have a whole category that’s health and wellness, one that our local Hoboken Green Team had never addressed,” explained Zucker. “When you think about sustainability you think about recycling and plastic bags, so I had no idea that health and wellness could be under that umbrella. So this became my immediate initiative, my project from scratch.”

To lead Wellness Wednesdays, Zucker sought out local professionals she knew to have high standards of patient empowerment. Most of the doctors and practitioners she has tapped for Wellness Wednesdays are people she has had personal experience with, who were integral to her own recovery from injuries sustained in a car accident.

The professionals are given liberty to craft their own classes. “I let them decide what they thought would be most relevant to our local community, given their expertise,” said Zucker.

“All of these classes are geared towards beginners,” said Zucker.

The first Wellness Wednesday, scheduled for January 11th, at 6:30 p.m., is titled Meditation & Mindfulness for the New Year, and will be led by Liza Bertini, founder of Devotion Yoga.

“I think some people might be intimidated to go to a yoga studio for their first meditation class,” explained Zucker. “So this is presented in the non-threatening atmosphere of the library with participants across all ages, and you don’t need a yoga mat or a special meditation outfit or equipment.”

Hoboken City Council passed a resolution in 2010 to pursue a certificate from Sustainable Jersey, and established the Hoboken Green Team shortly after. Since then, the Hoboken Green Team has spearheaded sustainability efforts, creating the annual Hoboken Green Fair, partnering with farmers markets, and renovating community gardens.

Randall Solomon, Co-director of Sustainable Jersey, praised Hoboken’s Green Team for taking the initiative to start Wellness Wednesdays. Explained Solomon via email:

“Sustainable Jersey commends the City of Hoboken Green Team for hosting Wellness Wednesdays. In the context of sustainability, health is important. We want a future where all the people of New Jersey enjoy good health and a quality of life, with minimal loss of life and function due to preventable disease, and where these standards are supported by access to affordable, high-quality healthcare. Good health depends on good outcomes across all dimensions of sustainability such as clean air and water, strong communities, economic security, access to healthcare, and access to adequate, nutritious food.”

The Green Team always welcomes new members and supports anyone with passion and a project in mind. To apply, please visit

Run The Harborside Shakes Up Your Saturday Morning


Shake off your Saturday morning laziness and join Whealth for their weekly Run The Harborside 5K. Runners meet each Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Harborside waterfront esplanade for a run down to Liberty Harbor and back. Runners are led through a warm-up stretch and then a cool-down meditation by fitness instructor Jesse Barton, then treated to a breakfast prepared by Whealth. Continue reading “Run The Harborside Shakes Up Your Saturday Morning”

Jersey City Poetry Slam’s Mark Skrypczak Talks About Coaching and Running the JC Poetry Slam

Slam poetry is poetry that is meant to be performed. It’s usually shorter than traditional, page poetry because most slams only allow the poet 3 minutes to recite their work. But within those 3 minutes is the power to move an audience to its feet – tears, clogged throats, and lots of enthusiastic finger-snapping. The same goes for the slam poetry at the Jersey City Poetry Slam. Continue reading “Jersey City Poetry Slam’s Mark Skrypczak Talks About Coaching and Running the JC Poetry Slam”

How Ian MacAllen’s English Kills Review is Saving Literature and the Internet

The modus operandi of the internet is this: publish what gets more clicks. If you want your site to at least power your apartment, you need headlines with big names, clever lists, and farcical concepts. The literary quarters of the internet are similarly affected. But when every Review and Journal is bound by the indomitable Rule of the Click Count, we need someone to remind us there is more to literature than Colson Whitehead’s newest novel, Zadie Smith’s latest doings, and Stephen King’s politics. Continue reading “How Ian MacAllen’s English Kills Review is Saving Literature and the Internet”

Rowan President Houshmand contract extended through 2022

The Rowan University Board of Trustees, citing a desire to “ensure continuity in leadership and stability for Rowan,” has extended President Ali Houshmand’s contract through the 2022 school year.

When asked if he was surprised by the decision, Houshmand responded via email, “The board chairman and I have a very close working relationship. I was not really surprised, but certainly honored to be asked to continue to serve the university.”

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Spirituality discussion finds common ground between religions

Atheist, Christian, Muslim, Jewish – titles didn’t matter last Thursday at this month’s spirituality discussion in Robinson Hall. The event, part of the “Spirituality Discussions” series sponsored by the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution (SJICR), gathered a dozen students and faculty members to discuss the positive and negative aspects of major religions.

Dr. Julia Pizzuto-Pomaco, from the department of philosophy and religion studies, led the discussion with topics ranging from different interpretations of religious texts, to altruism and moral relativism.

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Newly-renovated intramural field opens at Rowan

Monday evening’s ceremony to open the newly-renovated intramural field by the REC Center had the congeniality of a neighborhood block party.

Student Government Association (SGA) members went out for passes against Rowan administrators, everyone posed for pictures and President Ali Houshmand gave an impressive punt to a rugby ball.

Rally towels were all around, a drone high above recorded the event and refreshments were served, but not on the artificial turf, as per the rules.

“Just over two years ago, students got together to complain about the [intramural] field,” Houshmand said, speaking before students and admin at the commemoration.

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Speak and Eat turns sex talk into fun and games

Sex was the topic of discussion in James Hall last Wednesday at this month’s Speak & Eat event. The dinner and subsequent talk was organized by the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution (SJICR). Attendees discussed consent, safe sex and even got to play a game of sex-themed Jeopardy.

The event, guest-hosted by Allie Pearce, Rowan’s assistant director for Healthy Campus Initiatives, managed to take sex, a topic which is usually full of warnings and trepidation, and turn it into a discussion that was light-hearted and genuine.

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SharePoint and ExactTarget

ExactTarget is a browser-based SalesForce platform for email marketing. We use it internally because it has excellent KPI functionality. It’s been a lot of fun producing newsletters and emails, and tracking the engagement these garner.

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Our business recently migrated to SharePoint. I’ve been able to assist the team in developing our own team page, and was asked to help build-out the site used by HR.


Content Capabilities

There had been a Photoshop license within communications that wasn’t being used, so once it was reinstalled I was able to edit images and create graphics.

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Event Banners

Digital Signs
Working with a business partner in marketing, I updated the templates we use to create digital signs for internal screens.
(They’re MP4 files, which I can’t embed to WordPress without upgrading. Clicking the links will open the videos in new windows.)

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